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Old 10-03-06, 09:13 AM   #1
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I single speeded it to work today

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I have been revamping the Nishiki I am waiting for money so I can get these drops that I saw at the LBS for 35 dollars. So I cut all the cables to get it ready due to no money it has been sitting on the bench for the last couple weeks. The roadie I have been commuting on started clicking horribly. On top of that I need to carry a lot of stuff today 30 lbs worth so I removed the derailluers and singled it I love it

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Cool. I've had lots of fun riding my SS road bike to work this summer.
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I like how quite it is that is my favorite part of it
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I like how quite it is that is my favorite part of it
Depends which freewheel you buy. Shimano's are quiet. ACS freewheels are useful on the MUP for waking up dog walkers. Just a little backpedal and they make quite a racket.
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I know what you mean. I also recently repacked the rear hub too also the rear derailleur on the bike was noisey I think the little black cogs needed to be replaced.
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I rarely ride my geared bike anymore. For my commute, SS/Fixed is the way to go.
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The bike seems faster with out derailleur in my opnion maybe. All I need to do is make it a true SS conversion
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I'm going to be building an SS/FG commuter for my next bike.
Until then I may just convert my current beast since I only use the 46/17 combo.
I think it would be an easy conversion:
- Pop the derailleurs off, take off the 28T and 36T rings. Remove shifters and cables.
- Get a spacer kit and rebuild the cassette to the proper chainline.
- Pop a Singleator tensioner on, and refit the chain. (bike has semi-horizontal drops, but they're too short for proper adjustments w/o a tensioner.)
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Sounds like a fun project clifton. I ruined a link in the chain by putting the pin back it isn't to bent. I don't think I could do a FG with some of the loads I carry it would scare the crap out of me not to coast down a hill with 3o lbs on the back of the bike
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The bike seems faster with out derailleur in my opnion maybe. All I need to do is make it a true SS conversion
I don't feel my fixies are faster, per se, than my geared bikes... But they sure do feel more efficient. And time over distance is nearly identical for my average ride.

I much prefer them for my commute.
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When the wheels wear out on my current commuter, I'll be converting from 6-speed dura ace to a set of track wheels. Fixed is good, but I go through fast areas where I absolutely have a to from 42t to 52t. I just know if I convert to fixed it would just take longer to get to work. However, once the wheels I have are too bent up, I can either relace the campy hubs to new rims or just go with track wheels.
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Try a 46. Spin faster on the downhills, become a man for the up variety
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Try a 46. Spin faster on the downhills, become a man for the up variety
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Sounds like a fun project clifton. I ruined a link in the chain by putting the pin back it isn't to bent. I don't think I could do a FG with some of the loads I carry it would scare the crap out of me not to coast down a hill with 3o lbs on the back of the bike
That's what brakes are for

I did the single speed thing for about 6 months before I went fixed gear. I've not looked back. I love it. But, its not for everybody. And to pre-empt ILTB's banter: There are so many other options: Coaster brake, geared hub, penny farthing, push scooter, etc.
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Sounds like a fun project clifton. I ruined a link in the chain by putting the pin back it isn't to bent. I don't think I could do a FG with some of the loads I carry it would scare the crap out of me not to coast down a hill with 3o lbs on the back of the bike
The SS/FG project is going to be build on a flip/flop rear, with the SS for the commute and the FG for weekend training and my after work rides to the rock-climbing wall. I don't carry too much on my commute since I have a really big locker here at work. Lunch, some papers, and maybe my extra rain gear if it's supposed to pour in the afternoon. I could do the fixie thing on the way in because it's flat until the last 3/4 mile, which is an uphill. Then there's just a 200m downhill that I can ride the brakes to get to the parking lot. It's the 3/4 mile downhill on the way home that would be a big challenge when first starting out on a fixie. That's what I'll want the freewheel for. That's why I think converting my Stumpjumper will be a good project until I can afford to build a new bike.
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Sounds like fun. Thats cool that you rock climb I love it I wish there was somewhere arround here I could do it. I loved teaching reppelling this summer. The stump jumper will be the ultimate urban utility vehicle a 3UV have fun I got to figure how to get rid of the extra sprockets then get the right bolts for losing the extra chain wheel
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The SS/FG project is going to be build on a flip/flop rear, with the SS for the commute and the FG for weekend training and my after work rides to the rock-climbing wall.
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I'm thinking the same thing, but my problem is I want fenders and a rack on the commuter and not on the weekend fixed gear "trainer".

I think what I want is a SS with fenders and rack for commuting and a stripped down light weight fixed gear for the weekend. Always thinking of a reason to have another bike.
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For the weekend



For the Commute



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SS, IMHO, is wussing out.
Get an inefficient derailleur, stay with 1 gear, then ride it that way.
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I've been SS'ing to work like that (geared bike sans derailleurs) for about a month or so now...it does feel faster to me. I think its something to do with the gearing I chose. I probably wouldn't spend more than 50% of my time in that gear if I had gears to shift...but since I don't have a choice, I ride the speed of that gear all the time.

I did notice a .5 mph increase in average speed on my cyclocomputer when I did the conversion too.

but man is it nice not having to fret over my derailleur once a week (usually at an inconvenient time) like I used to.
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Yeah, I would like to fix it but I don't have any money. I know there is some freewheel conversions you can do. I am sure they would work fine, but I would rather trust my self to a dedicated track hub. I don't want to be stopping then something decides to come loose then walla I am screwed
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Yes, that is an eye opener. My new Pista cog/lockring wasn't quite tight, and I had a little "oh, carp!" moment Monday when a car pulled out and I resisted HARD. Later on that ride I tightened the cog back up by standing on it up a big hill. Nearly flung myself off the front when my legs spun forward but the bike didn't.

A few skid/stand maneuvers to tighten the cog and a little tighty-tighty on the lockring and I'm back to a solid fix. But I wouldn't trust anything short of a real track hub with lockring after that escapade.

(my Pista's brakeless at the moment, btw).

Nice little stable of bikes there, ryanparrish. I'm going for a San Jose, I think, to add to my Pista (and would replace my Giant Bowery). Pista for sunny days, San Jose for the rest.
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Thanks for the comment on the stable. I would like to have a Bianchi Pista or the San Jose. I wish I won the powerball then my basement would be filled with bikes. I think for christmas I am going to ask for a 700C wheel set for the nishiki. It sure is nice when parents still like to give you gifts especially when I don't live at their house.
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SS, IMHO, is wussing out.

Just this week, I just converted a big old Fuji road bike from 1982 to a singlespeed, and I have to say, 'void: Maybe you're right? But only in the sense that I went singlespeed because I thought it would have less of a steep learning curve than a fixed gear. (An intellectualized way of saying "I wussed out.") I figured I'd do like Rykoala: singlespeed for a few months and then go fixed. But while I love the quiet and the simplicity and the look of the bike...it's damn hard! The Manhattan bridge (on a pretty light gearing of 42x16) is a mild killer. And when I make it to the open 33 blocks up First Avenue (I can hit all the green lights on the road bike), well, I feel as if I need a smaller cog, I'm spinning so fast. I guess I need to give it more than a week.

My question to the fixed riders who have singlespeed experience: are hills easier on a singlespeed or a fixie? are they the same? Am I asking the wrong question?
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Easier on a fixie cause you have the momentum assisting you up on the pedals.
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